Major Nelson set to open PAX Australia 2016

For the fourth year running, PAX AUS has secured a games industry icon to deliver the event’s opening “storytime” keynote. This year, Director of Programming for Xbox Live – Major Nelson himself – will be following in the footsteps of Ron Gilbert, Pete Hines and Warren Spector, and welcoming Australian audiences to one of the nation’s largest gaming celebrations.

Major Nelson

Major Nelson

Major Nelson (known to his mother as Larry Hryb) has won an Emmy Award for his work with Xbox Live, where he’s helped promote and develop Xbox platforms and Xbox LIVE since 2003. His weekly podcast, Major Nelson Radio, provides a unique insight into operations at Microsoft’s Xbox division. The Major has also made appearances at just about every major gaming event in recent years, either as a host or, on many occasions, as a spokesperson for Microsoft and Xbox.

Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade, sums it up neatly:

As the embodiment of Xbox and Xbox Live, Major Nelson has seen it all. I will be there with everyone else when the show kicks off, ready to absorb his wisdom.

If you’d like to be there with Jerry, you need to be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 4-6, 2016 (Major Nelson takes the stage first thing Friday morning, November 4). This show is set to be the biggest PAX Australia yet, building on last year’s super-successful show and continuing to grow.

With 120 days left to go before the event, badges are still available (including three-day passes!). You can snap ’em up at – a single day will cost you AU$60, with a three-day badge setting you back AU$160. Remember though, these things sell out quickly, so if you want to go, act fast.

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